Critic Blames Me for Box Office Take of Movie I Haven’t Seen, Barely Mentioned
Jan 29, 2016
RUSH: This is unbelievable. Ladies and gentlemen, apparently the movie 13 Hours is being written about as a flop at the box office, and I’m being blamed for this. Cookie just sent the audio sound bite. This on KTTV Good Day LA in Los Angeles. The guest is the editor of Rotten Tomatoes, which… What is that? That’s a rating website where people, individuals can rate movies and TV shows. The guy’s name is Matt Atchity. He’s the editor-in-chief. They talk about the movie 13 Hours, the Benghazi movie, and the KTTV Eyewitness News co-host Steve Edwards and the Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief have this exchange…
EDWARDS: The movie 13 Hours — which filmmakers hoped would be like Sniper — a lot of conservative radio station hosts, et cetera, were getting behind this movie. It didn’t drive the box office?
ATCHITY: It didn’t. Not really. It did okay, but not the way —
ARAKSYA KARAPETYAN: Sniper, yeah.
ATCHITY: — Rush Limbaugh would have you believe, right?
ATCHITY: Like, everybody wanted to turn this in to show what the Americans want to see and, you know, “Let’s do a conservative movie.”
RUSH: So this guy says 13 Hours… You might not have heard it because of the cross-talk. He said, “Rush Limbaugh would have you believe, right? Like, everybody wanted to turn this show into what the Americans wanted to see, and, you know, “Let’s do a conservative movie.” He’s trying to say that I was one of the big promoters of the movie and I’m so out of touch. The American people don’t care to go watch a “conservative” movie about Benghazi and this proves it. There’s only one problem.
I haven’t seen it, and I haven’t said two words about it, one way or the other. I have not seen the movie. If you want to know the truth, Paramount… This is the weirdest thing; it’s never happened before. Paramount offered a DVD closed-captioning screener. I have to have that, or I can’t hear dialogue. A week later, it hadn’t arrived. So we checked and we were told, “No, Paramount has withdrawn the offer.
“They don’t want to send the DVD. They’re worried about piracy and so forth.” So I never got the DVD. I never saw this. I haven’t said one word about it because I haven’t seen it. Well, I may have commented on whatever other people have said. I have not seen this thing to review it, promote it, diddly-squat. If I had seen it and promoted and liked it, there might be a little different story out there. But I haven’t seen it.
RUSH: I think that movie’s on 3,000 screens now. 13 Hours, just got added to 528 theaters, but I’m just telling you: Had I seen it and liked it, they wouldn’t be talking about it being a flop. I guarantee you that. There’s a lesson to be learned here.